Crewe Alex: Donaldson confirms Crewe exit by joining Bees
CLAYTON Donaldson has surprised his many suitors by sealing a move to League One Brentford.
Last season's League Two top scorer had been tipped to join champions Chesterfield when his Crewe contract expired on Thursday.
But instead the 27-year-old has agreed a free transfer move to the Bees, where new manager Uwe Rosler has been busy reshaping his squad.
Donaldson, who became the former Manchester City striker's fourth signing, is understood to have put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
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Rosler says the ex-Alex man became his number one target as soon as he was appointed at Griffin Park three weeks ago.
"Clayton will give us movement, speed and directness, and he is a good finisher," stressed Rosler.
"It is very exciting we have three strikers in Gary Alexander, Charlie McDonald and Clayton that offer us different attributes."
Donaldson's prolific form last term, which saw him finish with 29 goals, triggered a raft of interest once it emerged he was unlikely to re-sign with Crewe.
The striker, who was bought by former Alex boss Steve Holland, scored 49 times while making 108 starts in his three-year stay with the Railwaymen, although the bulk of his goals came at League Two level.
But Rosler insisted: "I am confident Clayton will score goals in League One.
"When I saw him play for Crewe last year it was his movement which impressed me the most. His running off the ball is very good and his goal record in the last 18 months is second to none."